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Walter Crane : “Beauty and the Beast Have Tea” (1874)

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This double-page illustration for Beauty and the Beast (1875) is one of the finest that Walter Crane produced for George Routledge and Sons’ “Tot Books” series from 1867-1877. Crane reflected that, at the time, “The books for babies…of the cheaper sort called toy books were not very inspiring. These were generally careless and unimaginative woodcuts, very casually coloured by hand, dabs of pink and emerald green being laid on across faces with a somewhat reckless aim.” The printer and engraver Edmund Evans, who commissioned Crane, perfected techniques of chromoxylography that allowed toy books to be printed in a sophisticated range of colors while still being sold for sixpence. According to the University of Reading, Crane’s toy books “would become the most popular children’s books of their day.”

“Beauty,” reads the story, “was now, in fact, quite the Queen of the palace, and all her wishes were gratified; but, excepting at supper-time, she was always alone; the Beast then appeared, and behaved so agreeably that she liked him more and more. But to his question, ‘Beauty will you marry me?’ he could never get any answer other than a shake of the head from her, on which he always took his leave very sadly.”

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